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Opioid settlement money, effort to reduce mental illness in jail approved by La Crosse County Board

La Crosse County will enter a settlement agreement with the distributors and manufacturer of opioids. The count also is joining a nationwide initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in county jail.  Read the full article. Read More

Lenawee County starting program aimed at reducing mentally ill people in justice system 

Lenawee County is implementing a new program called Stepping Up, which applies a systems-based approach with the goal of reducing the number of individuals with mental illness and related disorders in the criminal legal system.    Approximately 2 million times each year, people who have serious mental illnesses are admitted to jails across… Read More

Marion ‘Stepping Up’ to reduce number of people with mental illness in jail

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, annually, an estimated 2 million people suffering from serious mental illnesses are booked into local jails across the United States. It’s a growing issue that, according to the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), results in “missed opportunities to link them to treatment, tragic outcomes,… Read More

Michigan’s community mental health and law enforcement agencies team up to keep people out of jail 

As awareness about how policing and mental health intersect grows across the state, more Michigan counties are involving community mental health agencies in law enforcement response and helping people with mental illness receive treatment rather than incarceration. This article is part of MI Mental Health, a new series highlighting the… Read More

The Center starts new Jail Program with help of state grant

The gap that has existed between people who are incarcerated and mental-health services is starting to close in central Kansas. The Center for Counseling & Consultation, 5815 Broadway, applied for and received a state grant that is funding the new Jail Program in the non-profit agency’s four-county service area –… Read More

Study Examining Mental Health and Jail Populations Wins National Award

A groundbreaking, $3.6 million study acknowledging that jails in the United States are de facto mental institutions—which also studies implementation strategies that can reduce jail populations across the country—won the Mission Award from the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC), a national organization that encourages collaborations by academics, scientists, and… Read More

Yolo County Proclaims May as Mental Health Awareness Month Promoting Awareness, Recognition and Intervention

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors will approve a resolution proclaiming May 2022 as Mental Health Awareness Month at its meeting on May 24. Promoting awareness, recognition, and intervention of mental illness proves critical. To meet the mental health needs in our community, the Yolo County Health & Human Services… Read More

Lucas County recognized for taking action to treat mental health in jail inmates

Lucas County has received a new status for its work regarding mental health in jails. Up to 25% of the people in jail have been diagnosed with serious mental health problems, according to Gary Byers, president of the Lucas County Board of Commissioners. “It makes sense as a community to… Read More

Alachua County Named an Innovator County by the Stepping Up Initiative

Alachua County has been selected as one of Stepping Up’s growing cohort of Innovator Counties – counties that are successfully using the Stepping Up suggested three-step approach to collect and analyze timely data on the prevalence of people who have mental illnesses in jails. Alachua County will be sharing its… Read More